Buro Happold

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BuroHappold Engineering is one of the biggest employers in Bath and the city is home to its Head Office. Founded in Bath in 1976, with just eight employees based in a small townhouse on Gay Street, the company has thrived in the city, growing into a global engineering business with over 1,700 employees in 21 offices worldwide. BuroHappold’s ethos is to deliver elegant engineering solutions for buildings and cities and its portfolio of internationally renowned projects has attracted some of the world’s leading engineering talent to Bath.


• Number of years in Bath: 43
• Turnover: £172M
• Number of employees in Bath: 400
• Number of employees (all offices): 1,700
• Key area of business: Engineering consultancy.

Recent Notable Acheivements

• BuroHappold has worked on some of the most iconic buildings in the UK (as well as internationally).
• UK projects include the Millennium Dome (now the O2 Arena); the Olympic Stadium; Battersea Power Station; the British Museum; Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Did you know?

The BuroHappold offices on Lower Bristol Road was once a corset factory.

Bath & Business

BuroHappold Engineering is an international, multidisciplinary consultancy and for over 40 years we have been building our reputation for delivering creative, value led building and city solutions for an ever-changing world. We offer over 20 different specialisms of engineering from structural engineering to expertise in inclusive design. We have an impressive portfolio in all of the built environment sectors and are especially strong in culture, sports and entertainment, education, science and technology, commercial, transport and urban development.

Despite the global network of offices, the heart and headquarters of BuroHappold remains in Bath, where the firm started. With experience and projects in every sector and on every continent, the team continues to thrive on the challenges that Bath, Bristol and the South West bring.

We are proud of the contribution we can make to the ongoing success of local businesses and organisations in the region. These include Bristol University, Bristol Aero Collection (home to one of the last remaining Concordes), Wessex Water, Dyson, Westonbirt Arboretum , Royal United Hospital, B&NES, Bath Abbey Footprint Project, Roman Baths, Monkton Combe School to name but a few; providing them with state-of-the-art facilities, sustainable and stunning buildings.

Our office location adjacent Bath Spa railway and bus station, plus the network of cycle paths, enables us to promote sustainable commuting for staff health and wellbeing and helps to reduce the number of cars driving into the city. We have a purpose-built bike shed that holds 50 bikes and several showers around the building. Easy access to river, canal and local parks also enables lunchtime physical activities; running club, yoga, pilates and circuits training in the park are all popular with our employees. The compact nature of Bath as a city means that employees have easy access to the city centre shops and cafes during their lunch hour.

Bath is a city with a strong sense of community making it a good place to locate a company that has a wish to use its skills to help others. BuroHappold is proud of our Share Our Skills Programme (SOS). This has grown from a desire across the practice to find a way to make our skills and experience available to those in society that are most in need, yet cannot afford commercial fees. A recent SOS project saw a small team of graduates from the Bath office designing a solar powered computer lab housed inside a retro-fitted shipping container for an off-grid community in Malawi.

Closer to home over two weekends, young engineers from BuroHappold assisted a local community-building project at St Marks Community Centre to create a community bike shed.

Looking to the future, we are excited to be located in the heart of the new Bath Quays North and South commercial business district. This area of Bath is set to transform over the next five years and as engineers for the Bath Quays South construction, we are delighted to be a part of it.